Princess Cut Engagement Rings – Getting Certified!

There are more princess cut engagement rings on the market than ever before. With so many new designers and specialty cuts, it can be hard to compare rings to one another. Your best bet is to shop around and get a certified stone. Here are some tips on getting certified…

Apples And Oranges

You’ll need to do your homework before shopping for princess cut engagement rings. There are a number of manufacturers who sell exclusive princess cuts. These diamonds usually promise maximum brilliance. But buyer beware, designer princess cut engagement rings often come with a big price tag and are hard to get serviced if you move out of the area or the designer goes out of business.

Instead, stick with an unbranded princess cut diamond and set it in a unique designer mounting. The diamond will keep its value and you won’t have to worry about voiding a warranty if you need to have the ring worked on.

Go Independent

A certificate from an independent laboratory is an extremely helpful document and strongly recommended for princess cut engagement rings with a center stone over 3/4ct in size. A diamond certificate will tell you the diamond weight, measurements, proportions, color, clarity and more. Many diamond certificates also feature a plot which is a map of the internal characteristics, or inclusions, of the diamond.

Most jewelers who sell diamonds will have the diamond certified for you on request. If you’re buying the diamond from a friend, pawn shop or other non-traditional jewelry store, you can have the diamond certified yourself. Many labs like the Gemological Institute of America and the American Gem Society let private buyers submit stones for certification.

Buyer Beware – Extra Weight

There are many tricks that unethical jewelers and manufacturers of princess cut engagement rings have to increase the price of their stones without adding to the beauty. One way they do this is by cutting the diamond to less than ideal proportions to increase weight which translates to a higher price tag.

Especially in princess cut engagement rings where there are no universally accepted ideal proportions, it can be hard to know what to look for. In a princess cut diamond, the pavilion, or bottom of the diamond is the most common place for a diamond cutter to hide extra weight. A diamond should have an angular outline; if you notice a bulgy or rounded outline you should question the quality of the cut.

Be A Square

Something important to note when shopping princess cut engagement rings is that every princess cut diamond isn’t square. In most cases, you won’t notice minor variations between the length and width. Other diamonds, however, are cut with a more noticeable difference, making the diamond appear rectangular in shape.

For many people seeking princess cut engagement rings, the rectangular shape is not as desirable. However, for savvy shoppers, these diamonds can be had at a great price and set in a setting that distracts from the shape.

A Rectangle In A Square Hole

A rectangular princess cut diamond usually sells for a sizable discount from square princess cut diamonds. To make the shape appear squarer, carefully select a setting. Princess cut engagement rings look great with triangular shaped or princess cut diamonds on the side. A rectangular princess cut diamond set in a three stone mounting with a princess cut or triangular shaped diamond on the side will draw out the width, making it appear squarer.

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